Gum disease treatment for diabetes patients

Thu, 08 Jan 2009
According to a recent diabetes news report, treating gum disease amongst people with diabetes could lower medical costs by as much as 10 or 12 per cent per month. The dental treatments included cleaning and periodontal scaling.

However, although the study has yielded encouraging results, George Taylor of the University of Michigan made it clear that it was not designed to clearly define cause and effect. Taylor, who is an associate professor of dentistry, aimed to link dental treatment with lower medical care costs amongst diabetics .

Taylor was reported as commenting: "Cleanings and other non-surgical periodontal treatment remove the harmful bacteria. We believe this helps prevent the body from producing those harmful chemicals that can enter the systemic circulation and contribute to poorer diabetes control . We found insured adults with diabetes in Michigan who received routine periodontal treatment, such as dental cleanings and scaling, have significantly lower medical care costs than those who do not. These results could be meaningful to individuals, employers, health care providers and insurers ."
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